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Old 01-08-2007, 08:07 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

I consider myself to have hazel eyes so I went with an exaggerated grey-green-brown trifecta. If I didn't know better I'd think we were told to color the eye hazel as there is room for many different interpretations and colors.

As far as doing a little more than just adding color layers, I think it is necessary. For example, I used dodge and burn to restore highlights to white and shadows to black.

I also think that the directions are always very undetailed on purpose as this allows us to try our hand at being creative and trying new things (and perhaps learning something).

Just my two cents,
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:01 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

Oh, man, that stray mascara's been driving me nuts! Glad to know I'm not the only one. I guess if anything "extra" is to be done, it's with a light touch. I'm still not sure whether I'll do more than coloring yet, but I certainly won't be changing the original look of the image.

I agree that choosing hazel was a good idea in that it leaves much room for interpretation. Makes the whole thing much more interesting and more fun, too.
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:02 AM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

Well I found that entering the contest a most rewarding experience .
Being a keen photographer all off my retouching up to now has been on coloured images . I have never attempted to colourize something before and to be quite frank I had no idea how to go about it.

So the words " trial & error " comes to mind in describing my first attempt.
I look forward to learning not only from the forums but also in entering other contests to make me think outside the box and my normal retouching fields.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:13 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

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It's the hazel eye color. I'm still not sure about that. The second most difficult decision was to remove or not to remove those stray flakes of masacra on her skin under her lashes. I decided to remove them.

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I'm with you Lorranie. Since these contests are suppose to mimic real life, I had to consider that any time I colorizing an image I will always catch "small" imperfections and fix them as part of the project. Two or three minutes worth of extra effort goes a long way in keeping a client happy and improving the image , which of course reflects on me and my businesss. Any more than that and I would consider it a different project.

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:23 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

Nancy, thanks so much for your professional opinion of the mascara removal issue.

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Old 01-18-2007, 05:50 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

I thought the whites of the eye have to reflect some color so I spilled some just a tad.

Lorraine, re mascara removal. Very subtle
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:42 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

Hi all !! It's been a long time that I don't participate in a contest. I liked this one very much and had a good time working with that eye. Saw the stray mascara you mention but I decided to go strictly by the rules, didn't even use another eye for the colour, just used the usual "adjustments" "hue/saturation" and though tried to use a brown to green colour (similar to mine) I just could not see it I kept seeing the colour in a greyish / blue-green range and that's what I did. Only using the adjustments controls.

I have an intriguing question. The houses reflected in her eye, should they have the eye colour or their own ? I left it with the eye colour. But I think that in real life those houses should have their own colours ?

I fell inlove with the quality of that photo, so nitid ... beautiful really.

Would like to know what you think about those houses. Good luck to all !! :x
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Old 01-24-2007, 01:12 PM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

Lots of great entries so far and this contest is just about over. So if you are still working on your entry, don't forget to turn it in!
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:08 AM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

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Lots of great entries so far and this contest is just about over. So if you are still working on your entry, don't forget to turn it in!
Surprised the attention to detail of so many in this room that so many left the meaty bit in the corner of the eye, flesh coloured instead of a healthy red, making my decision hard
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:28 AM
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Re: January 07 Contest Discussion

I had no time this month for the contest, but I think the challenge of the "simple eye" was really interesting. It's amazing how much detail is in such a small area. Nice work everyone.

Cathy
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